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Filing 1040 online 9. Filing 1040 online   Dispositions of Property Used in Farming Table of Contents Introduction Topics - This chapter discusses: Useful Items - You may want to see: Section 1231 Gains and LossesNonrecaptured section 1231 losses. Filing 1040 online Depreciation RecaptureSection 1245 Property Section 1250 Property Installment Sale Other Dispositions Other GainsExceptions. Filing 1040 online Amount to report as ordinary income. Filing 1040 online Applicable percentage. Filing 1040 online Amount to report as ordinary income. Filing 1040 online Applicable percentage. Filing 1040 online Introduction When you dispose of property used in your farm business, your taxable gain or loss is usually treated as ordinary income (which is taxed at the same rates as wages and interest income) or capital gain (which is generally taxed at lower rates) under the rules for section 1231 transactions. Filing 1040 online When you dispose of depreciable property (section 1245 property or section 1250 property) at a gain, you may have to recognize all or part of the gain as ordinary income under the depreciation recapture rules. Filing 1040 online Any gain remaining after applying the depreciation recapture rules is a section 1231 gain, which may be taxed as a capital gain. Filing 1040 online Gains and losses from property used in farming are reported on Form 4797, Sales of Business Property. Filing 1040 online Table 9-1 contains examples of items reported on Form 4797 and refers to the part of that form on which they first should be reported. Filing 1040 online Topics - This chapter discusses: Section 1231 gains and losses Depreciation recapture Other gains Useful Items - You may want to see: Publication 544 Sales and Other Dispositions of Assets Form (and Instructions) 4797 Sales of Business Property See chapter 16 for information about getting publications and forms. Filing 1040 online Section 1231 Gains and Losses Section 1231 gains and losses are the taxable gains and losses from section 1231 transactions (explained below). Filing 1040 online Their treatment as ordinary or capital gains depends on whether you have a net gain or a net loss from all of your section 1231 transactions in the tax year. Filing 1040 online Table 9-1. Filing 1040 online Where to First Report Certain Items on Form 4797 Type of property Held 1 year  or less Held more than  1 year 1 Depreciable trade or business property:       a Sold or exchanged at a gain Part II Part III (1245, 1250)   b Sold or exchanged at a loss Part II Part I 2 Farmland held less than 10 years for which soil, water, or land clearing expenses were deducted:       a Sold at a gain Part II Part III (1252)   b Sold at a loss Part II Part I 3 All other farmland Part II Part I 4 Disposition of cost-sharing payment property described in section 126 Part II Part III (1255) 5 Cattle and horses used in a trade or business for draft, breeding, dairy, or sporting purposes: Held less  than 24 mos. Filing 1040 online Held 24 mos. Filing 1040 online  or more   a Sold at a gain Part II Part III (1245)   b Sold at a loss Part II Part I   c Raised cattle and horses sold at a gain Part II Part I 6 Livestock other than cattle and horses used in a trade or business for draft, breeding, dairy, or sporting purposes: Held less  than 12 mos. Filing 1040 online Held 12 mos. Filing 1040 online   or more   a Sold at a gain Part II Part III (1245)   b Sold at a loss Part II Part I   c Raised livestock sold at a gain Part II Part I If you have a gain from a section 1231 transaction, first determine whether any of the gain is ordinary income under the depreciation recapture rules (explained later). Filing 1040 online Do not take that gain into account as section 1231 gain. Filing 1040 online Section 1231 transactions. Filing 1040 online   Gain or loss on the following transactions is subject to section 1231 treatment. Filing 1040 online Sale or exchange of cattle and horses. Filing 1040 online The cattle and horses must be held for draft, breeding, dairy, or sporting purposes and held for 24 months or longer. Filing 1040 online Sale or exchange of other livestock. Filing 1040 online This livestock must be held for draft, breeding, dairy, or sporting purposes and held for 12 months or longer. Filing 1040 online Other livestock includes hogs, mules, sheep, goats, donkeys, and other fur-bearing animals. Filing 1040 online Other livestock does not include poultry. Filing 1040 online Sale or exchange of depreciable personal property. Filing 1040 online This property must be used in your business and held longer than 1 year. Filing 1040 online Generally, property held for the production of rents or royalties is considered to be used in a trade or business. Filing 1040 online Examples of depreciable personal property include farm machinery and trucks. Filing 1040 online It also includes amortizable section 197 intangibles. Filing 1040 online Sale or exchange of real estate. Filing 1040 online This property must be used in your business and held longer than 1 year. Filing 1040 online Examples are your farm or ranch (including barns and sheds). Filing 1040 online Sale or exchange of unharvested crops. Filing 1040 online The crop and land must be sold, exchanged, or involuntarily converted at the same time and to the same person, and the land must have been held longer than 1 year. Filing 1040 online You cannot keep any right or option to reacquire the land directly or indirectly (other than a right customarily incident to a mortgage or other security transaction). Filing 1040 online Growing crops sold with a leasehold on the land, even if sold to the same person in a single transaction, are not included. Filing 1040 online Distributive share of partnership gains and losses. Filing 1040 online Your distributive share must be from the sale or exchange of property listed above and held longer than 1 year (or for the required period for certain livestock). Filing 1040 online Cutting or disposal of timber. Filing 1040 online Special rules apply if you owned the timber longer than 1 year and elect to treat timber cutting as a sale or exchange, or you enter into a cutting contract, as described in chapter 8 under Timber . Filing 1040 online Condemnation. Filing 1040 online The condemned property (defined in chapter 11) must have been held longer than 1 year. Filing 1040 online It must be business property or a capital asset held in connection with a trade or business or a transaction entered into for profit, such as investment property. Filing 1040 online It cannot be property held for personal use. Filing 1040 online Casualty or theft. Filing 1040 online The casualty or theft must have affected business property, property held for the production of rents or royalties, or investment property (such as notes and bonds). Filing 1040 online You must have held the property longer than 1 year. Filing 1040 online However, if your casualty or theft losses are more than your casualty or theft gains, neither the gains nor the losses are taken into account in the section 1231 computation. Filing 1040 online Section 1231 does not apply to personal casualty gains and losses. Filing 1040 online See chapter 11 for information on how to treat those gains and losses. Filing 1040 online If the property is not held for the required holding period, the transaction is not subject to section 1231 treatment, and any gain or loss is ordinary income reported in Part II of Form 4797. Filing 1040 online See Table 9-1. Filing 1040 online Property for sale to customers. Filing 1040 online   A sale, exchange, or involuntary conversion of property held mainly for sale to customers is not a section 1231 transaction. Filing 1040 online If you will get back all, or nearly all, of your investment in the property by selling it rather than by using it up in your business, it is property held mainly for sale to customers. Filing 1040 online Treatment as ordinary or capital. Filing 1040 online   To determine the treatment of section 1231 gains and losses, combine all of your section 1231 gains and losses for the year. Filing 1040 online If you have a net section 1231 loss, it is an ordinary loss. Filing 1040 online If you have a net section 1231 gain, it is ordinary income up to your nonrecaptured section 1231 losses from previous years, explained next. Filing 1040 online The rest, if any, is long-term capital gain. Filing 1040 online Nonrecaptured section 1231 losses. Filing 1040 online   Your nonrecaptured section 1231 losses are your net section 1231 losses for the previous 5 years that have not been applied against a net section 1231 gain by treating the gain as ordinary income. Filing 1040 online These losses are applied against your net section 1231 gain beginning with the earliest loss in the 5-year period. Filing 1040 online Example. Filing 1040 online In 2013, Ben has a $2,000 net section 1231 gain. Filing 1040 online To figure how much he has to report as ordinary income and long-term capital gain, he must first determine his section 1231 gains and losses from the previous 5-year period. Filing 1040 online From 2008 through 2012 he had the following section 1231 gains and losses. Filing 1040 online Year Amount 2008 -0- 2009 -0- 2010 ($2,500) 2011 -0- 2012 $1,800   Ben uses this information to figure how to report his net section 1231 gain for 2013 as shown below. Filing 1040 online 1) Net section 1231 gain (2013) $2,000 2) Net section 1231 loss (2010) ($2,500)   3) Net section 1231 gain (2012) 1,800   4) Remaining net section 1231 loss from prior 5 years ($700)   5) Gain treated as  ordinary income $700 6) Gain treated as long-term  capital gain $1,300 His remaining net section 1231 loss from 2010 is completely recaptured in 2013. Filing 1040 online Depreciation Recapture If you dispose of depreciable or amortizable property at a gain, you may have to treat all or part of the gain (even if it is otherwise nontaxable) as ordinary income. Filing 1040 online To figure any gain that must be reported as ordinary income, you must keep permanent records of the facts necessary to figure the depreciation or amortization allowed or allowable on your property. Filing 1040 online For more information, see chapter 3 of Publication 544. Filing 1040 online Section 1245 Property A gain on the disposition of section 1245 property is treated as ordinary income to the extent of depreciation allowed or allowable. Filing 1040 online Any recognized gain that is more than the part that is ordinary income is a section 1231 gain. Filing 1040 online See Treatment as ordinary or capital under Section 1231 Gains and Losses , earlier. Filing 1040 online Section 1245 property includes any property that is or has been subject to an allowance for depreciation or amortization and that is any of the following types of property. Filing 1040 online Personal property (either tangible or intangible). Filing 1040 online Other tangible property (except buildings and their structural components) used as any of the following. Filing 1040 online See Buildings and structural components below. Filing 1040 online An integral part of manufacturing, production, or extraction, or of furnishing certain services. Filing 1040 online A research facility in any of the activities in (a). Filing 1040 online A facility in any of the activities in (a) above, for the bulk storage of fungible commodities (discussed later). Filing 1040 online That part of real property (not included in (2)) with an adjusted basis reduced by (but not limited to) the following. Filing 1040 online Amortization of certified pollution control facilities. Filing 1040 online The section 179 expense deduction. Filing 1040 online Deduction for clean-fuel vehicles and certain refueling property. Filing 1040 online Expenditures to remove architectural and transportation barriers to the handicapped and elderly. Filing 1040 online Certain reforestation expenditures (as described under Reforestation Costs in chapter 7. Filing 1040 online Single purpose agricultural (livestock) or horticultural structures. Filing 1040 online Storage facilities (except buildings and their structural components) used in distributing petroleum or any primary product of petroleum. Filing 1040 online Buildings and structural components. Filing 1040 online   Section 1245 property does not include buildings and structural components. Filing 1040 online The term building includes a house, barn, warehouse, or garage. Filing 1040 online The term structural component includes walls, floors, windows, doors, central air conditioning systems, light fixtures, etc. Filing 1040 online   Do not treat a structure that is essentially machinery or equipment as a building or structural component. Filing 1040 online Also, do not treat a structure that houses property used as an integral part of an activity as a building or structural component if the structure's use is so closely related to the property's use that the structure can be expected to be replaced when the property it initially houses is replaced. Filing 1040 online   The fact that the structure is specially designed to withstand the stress and other demands of the property and cannot be used economically for other purposes indicates it is closely related to the use of the property it houses. Filing 1040 online Structures such as oil and gas storage tanks, grain storage bins, and silos are not treated as buildings, but as section 1245 property. Filing 1040 online Facility for bulk storage of fungible commodities. Filing 1040 online   This is a facility used mainly for the bulk storage of fungible commodities. Filing 1040 online Bulk storage means storage of a commodity in a large mass before it is used. Filing 1040 online For example, if a facility is used to store oranges that have been sorted and boxed, it is not used for bulk storage. Filing 1040 online To be fungible, a commodity must be such that one part may be used in place of another. Filing 1040 online Gain Treated as Ordinary Income The gain treated as ordinary income on the sale, exchange, or involuntary conversion of section 1245 property, including a sale and leaseback transaction, is the lesser of the following amounts. Filing 1040 online The depreciation (which includes any section 179 deduction claimed) and amortization allowed or allowable on the property. Filing 1040 online The gain realized on the disposition (the amount realized from the disposition minus the adjusted basis of the property). Filing 1040 online For any other disposition of section 1245 property, ordinary income is the lesser of (1) above or the amount by which its fair market value (FMV) is more than its adjusted basis. Filing 1040 online For details, see chapter 3 of Publication 544. Filing 1040 online Use Part III of Form 4797 to figure the ordinary income part of the gain. Filing 1040 online Depreciation claimed on other property or claimed by other taxpayers. Filing 1040 online   Depreciation and amortization include the amounts you claimed on the section 1245 property as well as the following depreciation and amortization amounts. Filing 1040 online Amounts you claimed on property you exchanged for, or converted to, your section 1245 property in a like-kind exchange or involuntary conversion. Filing 1040 online For details on exchanges of property that are not taxable, see Like-Kind Exchanges in chapter 8. Filing 1040 online Amounts a previous owner of the section 1245 property claimed if your basis is determined with reference to that person's adjusted basis (for example, the donor's depreciation deductions on property you received as a gift and part of the transfer is a sale or exchange). Filing 1040 online Example. Filing 1040 online Jeff Free paid $120,000 for a tractor in 2012. Filing 1040 online On February 23, 2013, he traded it for a chopper and paid an additional $30,000. Filing 1040 online To figure his depreciation deduction on the chopper for the current year, Jeff continues to use the basis of the tractor as he would have before the trade. Filing 1040 online Jeff can also depreciate the additional $30,000 for the chopper. Filing 1040 online Depreciation and amortization. Filing 1040 online   Depreciation and amortization deductions that must be recaptured as ordinary income include (but are not limited to) the following items. Filing 1040 online See Depreciation Recapture in chapter 3 of Publication 544 for more details. Filing 1040 online Ordinary depreciation deductions. Filing 1040 online Section 179 deduction (see chapter 7). Filing 1040 online Any special depreciation allowance. Filing 1040 online Amortization deductions for all the following costs. Filing 1040 online Acquiring a lease. Filing 1040 online Lessee improvements. Filing 1040 online Pollution control facilities. Filing 1040 online Reforestation expenses. Filing 1040 online Section 197 intangibles. Filing 1040 online Qualified disaster expenses. Filing 1040 online Franchises, trademarks, and trade names acquired before August 11, 1993. Filing 1040 online Example. Filing 1040 online You file your returns on a calendar year basis. Filing 1040 online In February 2011, you bought and placed in service for 100% use in your farming business a light-duty truck (5-year property) that cost $10,000. Filing 1040 online You used the half-year convention and your MACRS deductions for the truck were $1,500 in 2011 and $2,550 in 2012. Filing 1040 online You did not claim the section 179 expense deduction for the truck. Filing 1040 online You sold it in May 2013 for $7,000. Filing 1040 online The MACRS deduction in 2013, the year of sale, is $893 (½ of $1,785). Filing 1040 online Figure the gain treated as ordinary income as follows. Filing 1040 online 1) Amount realized $7,000 2) Cost (February 2011) $10,000   3) Depreciation allowed or allowable (MACRS deductions: $1,500 + $2,550 + $893) 4,943   4) Adjusted basis (subtract line 3 from line 2) $5,057 5) Gain realized (subtract line 4 from line 1) 1,943 6) Gain treated as ordinary income (lesser of line 3 or line 5) $1,943 Depreciation allowed or allowable. Filing 1040 online   You generally use the greater of the depreciation allowed or allowable when figuring the part of gain to report as ordinary income. Filing 1040 online If, in prior years, you have consistently taken proper deductions under one method, the amount allowed for your prior years will not be increased even though a greater amount would have been allowed under another proper method. Filing 1040 online If you did not take any deduction at all for depreciation, your adjustments to basis for depreciation allowable are figured by using the straight line method. Filing 1040 online This treatment applies only when figuring what part of the gain is treated as ordinary income under the rules for section 1245 depreciation recapture. Filing 1040 online Disposition of plants and animals. Filing 1040 online   If you elect not to use the uniform capitalization rules (see chapter 6), you must treat any plant you produce as section 1245 property. Filing 1040 online If you have a gain on the property's disposition, you must recapture the pre-productive expenses you would have capitalized if you had not made the election by treating the gain, up to the amount of these expenses, as ordinary income. Filing 1040 online For section 1231 transactions, show these expenses as depreciation on Form 4797, Part III, line 22. Filing 1040 online For plant sales that are reported on Schedule F (1040), Profit or Loss From Farming, this recapture rule does not change the reporting of income because the gain is already ordinary income. Filing 1040 online You can use the farm-price method or the unit-livestock-price method discussed in  chapter 2 to figure these expenses. Filing 1040 online Example. Filing 1040 online Janet Maple sold her apple orchard in 2013 for $80,000. Filing 1040 online Her adjusted basis at the time of sale was $60,000. Filing 1040 online She bought the orchard in 2006, but the trees did not produce a crop until 2009. Filing 1040 online Her pre-productive expenses were $6,000. Filing 1040 online She elected not to use the uniform capitalization rules. Filing 1040 online Janet must treat $6,000 of the gain as ordinary income. Filing 1040 online Section 1250 Property Section 1250 property includes all real property subject to an allowance for depreciation that is not and never has been section 1245 property. Filing 1040 online It includes buildings and structural components that are not section 1245 property (discussed earlier). Filing 1040 online It includes a leasehold of land or section 1250 property subject to an allowance for depreciation. Filing 1040 online A fee simple interest in land is not section 1250 property because, like land, it is not depreciable. Filing 1040 online Gain on the disposition of section 1250 property is treated as ordinary income to the extent of additional depreciation allowed or allowable. Filing 1040 online To determine the additional depreciation on section 1250 property, see Depreciation Recapture in chapter 3 of Publication 544. Filing 1040 online You will not have additional depreciation if any of the following apply to the property disposed of. Filing 1040 online You figured depreciation for the property using the straight line method or any other method that does not result in depreciation that is more than the amount figured by the straight line method and you have held the property longer than 1 year. Filing 1040 online You chose the alternate ACRS (straight line) method for the property, which was a type of 15-, 18-, or 19-year real property covered by the section 1250 rules. Filing 1040 online The property was nonresidential real property placed in service after 1986 (or after July 31, 1986, if the choice to use MACRS was made) and you held it longer than 1 year. Filing 1040 online These properties are depreciated using the straight line method. Filing 1040 online Installment Sale If you report the sale of property under the installment method, any depreciation recapture under section 1245 or 1250 is taxable as ordinary income in the year of sale. Filing 1040 online This applies even if no payments are received in that year. Filing 1040 online If the gain is more than the depreciation recapture income, report the rest of the gain using the rules of the installment method. Filing 1040 online For this purpose, include the recapture income in your installment sale basis to determine your gross profit on the installment sale. Filing 1040 online If you dispose of more than one asset in a single transaction, you must separately figure the gain on each asset so that it may be properly reported. Filing 1040 online To do this, allocate the selling price and the payments you receive in the year of sale to each asset. Filing 1040 online Report any depreciation recapture income in the year of sale before using the installment method for any remaining gain. Filing 1040 online For more information on installment sales, see chapter 10. Filing 1040 online Other Dispositions Chapter 3 of Publication 544 discusses the tax treatment of the following transfers of depreciable property. Filing 1040 online By gift. Filing 1040 online At death. Filing 1040 online In like-kind exchanges. Filing 1040 online In involuntary conversions. Filing 1040 online Publication 544 also explains how to handle a single transaction involving multiple properties. Filing 1040 online Other Gains This section discusses gain on the disposition of farmland for which you were allowed either of the following. Filing 1040 online Deductions for soil and water conservation expenditures (section 1252 property). Filing 1040 online Exclusions from income for certain cost sharing payments (section 1255 property). Filing 1040 online Section 1252 property. Filing 1040 online   If you disposed of farmland you held more than 1 year and less than 10 years at a gain and you were allowed deductions for soil and water conservation expenses for the land, as discussed in chapter 5, you must treat part of the gain as ordinary income and treat the balance as section 1231 gain. Filing 1040 online Exceptions. Filing 1040 online   Do not treat gain on the following transactions as gain on section 1252 property. Filing 1040 online Disposition of farmland by gift. Filing 1040 online Transfer of farm property at death (except for income in respect of a decedent). Filing 1040 online For more information, see Regulations section 1. Filing 1040 online 1252-2. Filing 1040 online Amount to report as ordinary income. Filing 1040 online   You report as ordinary income the lesser of the following amounts. Filing 1040 online Your gain (determined by subtracting the adjusted basis from the amount realized from a sale, exchange, or involuntary conversion, or the FMV for all other dispositions). Filing 1040 online The total deductions allowed for soil and water conservation expenses multiplied by the applicable percentage, discussed next. Filing 1040 online Applicable percentage. Filing 1040 online   The applicable percentage is based on the length of time you held the land. Filing 1040 online If you dispose of your farmland within 5 years after the date you acquired it, the percentage is 100%. Filing 1040 online If you dispose of the land within the 6th through 9th year after you acquired it, the applicable percentage is reduced by 20% a year for each year or part of a year you hold the land after the 5th year. Filing 1040 online If you dispose of the land 10 or more years after you acquired it, the percentage is 0%, and the entire gain is a section 1231 gain. Filing 1040 online Example. Filing 1040 online You acquired farmland on January 19, 2005. Filing 1040 online On October 3, 2013, you sold the land at a $30,000 gain. Filing 1040 online Between January 1 and October 3, 2013, you incur soil and water conservation expenditures of $15,000 for the land that are fully deductible in 2013. Filing 1040 online The applicable percentage is 40% since you sold the land within the 8th year after you acquired it. Filing 1040 online You treat $6,000 (40% of $15,000) of the $30,000 gain as ordinary income and the $24,000 balance as a section 1231 gain. Filing 1040 online Section 1255 property. Filing 1040 online   If you receive certain cost-sharing payments on property and you exclude those payments from income (as discussed in chapter 3), you may have to treat part of any gain as ordinary income and treat the balance as a section 1231 gain. Filing 1040 online If you chose not to exclude these payments, you will not have to recognize ordinary income under this provision. Filing 1040 online Amount to report as ordinary income. Filing 1040 online   You report as ordinary income the lesser of the following amounts. Filing 1040 online The applicable percentage of the total excluded cost-sharing payments. Filing 1040 online The gain on the disposition of the property. Filing 1040 online You do not report ordinary income under this rule to the extent the gain is recognized as ordinary income under sections 1231 through 1254, 1256, and 1257. Filing 1040 online However, if applicable, gain reported under this rule must be reported regardless of any contrary provisions (including nonrecognition provisions) under any other section. Filing 1040 online Applicable percentage. Filing 1040 online   The applicable percentage of the excluded cost-sharing payments to be reported as ordinary income is based on the length of time you hold the property after receiving the payments. Filing 1040 online If the property is held less than 10 years after you receive the payments, the percentage is 100%. Filing 1040 online After 10 years, the percentage is reduced by 10% a year, or part of a year, until the rate is 0%. Filing 1040 online Form 4797, Part III. Filing 1040 online   Use Form 4797, Part III, to figure the ordinary income part of a gain from the sale, exchange, or involuntary conversion of section 1252 property and section 1255 property. Filing 1040 online Prev  Up  Next   Home   More Online Publications
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Filing 1040 online Publication 584 - Main Content Table of Contents LossesCost or other basis. Filing 1040 online Fair market value. Filing 1040 online Exception for personal-use real property. Filing 1040 online More information. Filing 1040 online Comments and SuggestionsOrdering forms and publications. Filing 1040 online Tax questions. Filing 1040 online How To Get Tax HelpLow Income Taxpayer Clinics (LITCs). Filing 1040 online Losses Generally, you may deduct losses to your home, household goods, and motor vehicles on your federal income tax return. Filing 1040 online However, you may not deduct a casualty or theft loss that is covered by insurance unless you filed a timely insurance claim for reimbursement. Filing 1040 online Any reimbursement you receive will reduce the loss. Filing 1040 online If you did not file an insurance claim, you may deduct only the part of the loss that was not covered by insurance. Filing 1040 online Amount of loss. Filing 1040 online   You figure the amount of your loss using the following steps. Filing 1040 online Determine your cost or other basis in the property before the casualty or theft. Filing 1040 online Determine the decrease in fair market value (FMV) of the property as a result of the casualty or theft. Filing 1040 online (The decrease in FMV is the difference between the property's value immediately before and immediately after the casualty or theft. Filing 1040 online ) From the smaller of the amounts you determined in (1) and (2), subtract any insurance or other reimbursement you received or expect to receive. Filing 1040 online Apply the deduction limits, discussed later, to determine the amount of your deductible loss. Filing 1040 online Cost or other basis. Filing 1040 online   Cost or other basis usually means original cost plus improvements. Filing 1040 online If you did not acquire the property by purchasing it, your basis is determined as discussed in Publication 551, Basis of Assets. Filing 1040 online If you inherited the property from someone who died in 2010, and the executor of the decedent's estate made the election to file Form 8939, refer to the information provided by the executor or see Publication 4895, Tax Treatment of Property Acquired From a Decedent Dying in 2010. Filing 1040 online Fair market value. Filing 1040 online   FMV is the price for which you could sell your property to a willing buyer, when neither of you has to sell or buy and both of you know all the relevant facts. Filing 1040 online When filling out Schedules 1 through 20, you need to know the FMV of the property immediately before and immediately after the disaster, casualty, or theft. Filing 1040 online Separate computations. Filing 1040 online   Generally, if a single casualty or theft involves more than one item of property, you must figure the loss on each item separately. Filing 1040 online Then combine the losses to determine the total loss from that casualty or theft. Filing 1040 online Exception for personal-use real property. Filing 1040 online   In figuring a casualty loss on personal-use real property, the entire property (including any improvements, such as buildings, trees, and shrubs) is treated as one item. Filing 1040 online Figure the loss using the smaller of the following. Filing 1040 online The decrease in FMV of the entire property. Filing 1040 online The adjusted basis of the entire property. Filing 1040 online Deduction limits. Filing 1040 online   After you have figured the amount of your loss, as discussed earlier, you must figure how much of the loss you can deduct. Filing 1040 online You do this on Form 4684, section A. Filing 1040 online If the loss was to property for your personal use or your family's, there are two limits on the amount you can deduct for your casualty or theft loss. Filing 1040 online You must reduce each casualty or theft loss by $100 ($100 rule). Filing 1040 online You must further reduce the total of all your losses by 10% of your adjusted gross income (10% rule). Filing 1040 online More information. Filing 1040 online   For more information about the deduction limits, see Publication 547. Filing 1040 online When your loss is deductible. Filing 1040 online   You can generally deduct a casualty or disaster area loss only in the tax year in which the casualty or disaster occurred. Filing 1040 online You can generally deduct a theft loss only in the year you discovered your property was stolen. 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